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Island Peak Climbing Tour

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Duration : 21 Nights / 22 Days

Destination Covered : Kathmandu, Solukhumbu

Tour Activities : Camping, Trekking, Mountaineering, Sightseeing

Tour Themes : Hill Stations & Valleys

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Kathmandu and Solukhumbu Tour Overview

Island peak (6,189m) climbing is the most popular and preferred peak climbing among experienced mountaineers as well as beginners. It follows the Everest Base Camp route which is busy trekking route of Khumbu region and welcomes hundreds of climber groups in a year for adventure. It lies on Sagarmatha National Park, first name is 'Island' named by a British Mount Everest Expedition team’s Eric Shipton in 1953 and in 1983 it was named 'Imja Tsen'. Island peak is the great summit for first time climbers because it is not technical, do not require advanced climbing skills. South west of Island peak was first climbed in 1953 but the main summit in 1956. The summit offer the breathtaking views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse Shar, Lhose middle, Makalu, Baruntse in east and Amadablam in the south.

Island peak climbing provides exciting climbing experience beyond simple trekking in Himalaya as well as make your trip memorable by exhilarating flight to Lukla, trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kalapathar. The peak is usually climbed in a round trip from Kathmandu in 19 days which passes through the villages Phakding, Namche Bazaar; modern village of Khumbu and gateway to Mount Everest, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Dzongla; a small village between Gorko and Chhukung and Chhukung village.

The best time for the Island peak climbing is spring and autumn because temperature is moderate and favorable for trekking and peak climbing. Winter and summer are not suitable for climbing due to cold weather and monsoon rain for many day causing landslides and avalanches in danger zone respectively.

Island peak climbing is graded as Alpine PD+ which is excellent natural destination without great technical difficulty. We need Island Peak Climbing Permit and Everest National Park Permit. You can join to us for outstanding trip to Island Peak of Khumbu region and trip can be modified according to your available time, Physical fitness and desire. You feel free to contact us any time for any information about trip.

Highlights of the IPC Trek

Island Peak Climbing starts with a short flight to Lukla, from where the trekking path goes through ethnic Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and many others. Each and every points of the trek incorporates highlights. You’ll visit the popular Namche Bazaar, full of Sherpas and the gateway to Mt. Everest. It is also a historical trading hub of the Himalayan and low land traders. This town presents beautiful mountain views such as Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhoste, Kongdi RI, Kusum Kanguru and the Mt Everest.

Everest View Hotel, at an altitude of 3,962 m, boasts the magnificent views of the Mount Everest through the windows of all of the rooms'. We’ll hike to the hotel to enjoy the Everest and its elegant splendor. The hike lasts 3-4 hours and is grandeur in nature.

Trekking along Dudh Koshi and Imja River valley, leads us to Tengboche, the spiritual hub of Khumbu. Tengboche monastery is the oldest Buddhist monastery of Khumbu. It provides the splendid sights of Ama Dablam and Everest. You’ll visit Kala Patthar, a vantage point. It presents amazing panoramic views of Everest massifs. We start the trek early in the morning so that we can to witness the glistening sunrise amidst the Himalayas.

The most important part of this trek is to getting the experience of climbing peak for the whole life.

Kathmandu and Solukhumbu Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Whatever time you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may check into your Hotel and get rid of jet lag. Tour plans and programs will be provided to you later.

Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2
Kathmandu valley Sightseeing tour will start early in the morning. The holy Pashupatinath temple will be our very first visit. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. Built in the 5th century and later renovated by Malla kings, the site itself is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here. It lies on the banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the most revered holy sites of the Hindu people. The Pashupatinath is built in the pagoda style architecture and contains many smaller shrines outside the main temple as well. It is also the cremation site of many hindu people and sometimes, it can be observed.

The nest site of the tour is the holy Bouddhanath stupa. The Buddhist stupa of Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline; it is one of the largest unique structure's stupas in the world.The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Gompas (Tibetan convent) around Bouddhanath. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

The next site, in the tour, is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is known as the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the royal palace. The Durbar at the Durbar square was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and was where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, took place. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum and the Mahendra Museum are located here. Time and again the temples and the palaces in the square have gone through reconstruction after being damaged by natural causes or neglect. Presently there are less than ten quadrangles in the square. On 25 April 2015, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 hit the region and severely damaged the Square, reducing several buildings to rubble. The oldest temples in the square are those built by King MahendraMalla (1560–1574). They are the temples of Jaggannath, KotilingeswaraMahadev, Mahendreswara and the Taleju Temple. More and more temples and statues were added to the Square under different ruling kings over the time. It is one of the most architecturally intricate showcases of Nepali art and the unique Newa architecture.

Then finally, the last site of the tour will be the Swayambhunath Stupa- an ancient religious architecture at the top of a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites especially for Tibetans and followers of the Tibetan Buddhism. We were breathless and sweating as we stumbled up the last steep steps and practically fell upon the biggest vajra (thunderbolt scepter) that I have ever seen. Behind this Vajra was the vast, round, white dome of the stupa, like a full solid skirt, at the top of which were two giant Buddha eyes wisely looking out over the peaceful valley which was just beginning to come alive. The complex consists of a stupa, a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period.

After visiting each site, we will head back to the Hotel.

Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 3
Today, we fly to Lukla. You will be dropped to the airport by an early flight to Lukla. The short flight presents attractive views of the mountain peaks. From Lukla, you will make your way to Phakding, a beautiful settlement situated at the edge of Khumbu’s Dudh Koshi River Valley. Along the way, you can catch amazing glimpse of the Kusum Kanguru Peak.


Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4
From Phakding, we travel to Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. On the way, we pass through thick woodlands of pine and rhododendrons. Following the trail, we pass by small settlements along the way, like Tok Tok and Jorsale. Crossing Dudh Koshi River via suspension bridge, we hike uphill towards the famous Himalayan town called Namche Bazaar.



Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5
This day is reserved for acclimatization. To some degree, this will help you avoid the feeling of dizziness by adjusting the body to the higher elevations and push off the altitude sickness that might occur in the coming days. So we take rest and enjoy the day exploring the picturesque scenery of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the commercial hub of Khumbu. From Namche, you can watch amazing views of the Everest peak and many other neighboring Himalayan peaks as well, like the Thamserku, the Kongdi RI and the Ama Dablam among others. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery here. Moreover, you can also hike up to the Syangboche Airstrip that is located above the town. From Syangboche, you can catch good views of Namche below as well as the Himalayan peaks that surround the town in the distance. Likewise, you can visit to the Everest View Hotel, which boasts views of Everest peaks through all of its windows.


Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 6
The trail is easy up to Kyangjuma but starts a steep climb and we go through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons bloom. The trails pass many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there’re few hotels and we stay one of them. The views of Khumbila and Tawache (6542m) are incredible throughout the day!


Overnight at hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 7
We climb to Lambara which is at the height of 4220 m and Luza at 4360m. The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through bush junipers. There’re Kharkas on the way. You will continue climbing along the side of the valley; high above the river, crossing sandy spurs until you reach Machhermo at 4410 m. Yeti killed three yaks and attached a Sherpa woman in 1974. This is the most shocking incident ever reported.

Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8
There is an excellent view of the valley and Cho-Oyu (8201m) from the top of the ridge where we climb today. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at (4390m) then descends to the river bank and begin a steep climbing on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also pass by small Lake where green Brainy ducks resides.

Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 9
To watch the panoramic view of Mahalangur Himalayan range, we wake up early in the morning and climb up to the Gokyo-Ri. The climb takes approximately 2 hrs to reach at the top of the peak. There we can watch a panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawache & a great looking of Ngozumpa glacier the largest glacier in Nepal.

Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10
We trek to the foot of Cho La pass and then to Thangna for overnight stay.

Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11
Today is a long and tiring trek. So we start at dawn to reach the pass by 9-10 because the strong wind blows during the noon and after. We start a steep climb. There might be the problem of altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, and then we descend to the Dzongla at noon.

Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12
Today, we have an easy and short trekking route to balance the tough and tiring route that we crossed yesterday.

Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13
Today is one of the most anticipated days of the trek. From Lobuche, you will make your way towards Gorekshep (the last settlement) before the Everest Base Camp. From Gorekshep, you will finally hike along the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be a tiring portion- but the journey is worthy. From the base camp, you can see the glacier as well as the Khumbu Ice Fall. This is the point from where the Everest expedition begins. After spending some time at the base camp of Everest, you will return back to Gorekshep.

Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14
The hike, from Gorekshep to Kalapatthar, will be started early in the morning. Kalapatthar is one of the best vantage points in the region. It presents panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. You can catch the view of the sunrise amidst the Everest peaks from here. The phenomenon is quite ethereal. After viewing the breath-taking view of the Everest peak, you will have a hike back down to Gorekshep for hot and fresh breakfast and then descend to Dingboche.



Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15
From Dingboche, we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley and then follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. We will reach the base camp of Island Peak in the mid-afternoon. We stay at the tent camp for one or two days and have camp food prepared by our professional cook. It feels asif we are celebrating picnic at the high top mountain.

Overnight stay at the tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After lunch, our guides provide training on peak climbing. Techniques of climbing, using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, and how to go up and down using ropes are taught. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience of Island Peak Climbing but the past experience boosts up your confidence on climbing. All these trainings increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to enjoy the experience.

Overnight at tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16
The day comes to climb the Island Peak (6,189m). We begin our climb generally around 1 AM. At the beginning, we climb the rock gully which is not difficult but there are several short rock steeps to be climbed up before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We have to cross several crevasses that are present in the glacier. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary to cross the crevasses. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. We feel we have reached somewhere in the different world. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Dingboche for overnight stay.


Overnight stay at the guesthouse/tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 17
There may be unfavorable condition of the weather or we may have some problem by our own or by some other means of technical problem to climb the peak, this day is used as a contingency.

If the weather gets exceptionally unfavorable, we have to postpone the program of summiting the peak. Sometimes, somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing as well, or may not be well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.

Overnight stay at the tented camp or guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 18
After getting victory over Island Peak, we leave the mountains with their memories. Our descent takes us through various towns - Orsho, Somare and Pangboche, Tengboche then Phungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche.

Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 19
We head back to Lukla from Namche as done before. The route is ornamented with prayer flags, Chortens, Mani walls and Gompas. The gushing of the Dudh Koshi River will once again ring while you cross it via suspension bridges. After gradual ascending from Cheplung, you’ll reach Lukla for the night to stay at.

Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 20
Today, we have a short flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. It takes nearly half an hour to reach Kathmandu. You can see the peaks once again for the last time and feel proud of before you land at the bustling city. You will be taken to your hotel from the airport.


Overnight stay at the Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 21
This day is reserved for any delays in the Lukla flight. Today, you can spend the day as you wish. Shopping or visiting the city’s many restaurants and places of significance can be done.

Overnights stay at the Hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 22
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.

Breakfast included.

More Details about Kathmandu and Solukhumbu Tour

Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Sightseeing
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Fee, Government taxes & office service charge
  • Airport transfers with ground transports in private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee ) during the trek
  • The best twin sharing lodge (in the area) with attached bathroom during the trek,
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One guide (highly experienced, helpful and friendly), porter(s) (1 porter for 2 people/trekkers) and food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • First aid medical kit
  • Team T - shirt, trekking map, trip achievement certificate, down jacket(if required), duffle bag, and sleeping bag (if required)

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Cold drinks (coke, water, fanta, dew etc.)
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Nepal entry visa which can be obtained easily at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Recently taken 2 copies of passport-size photos are needed)
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staffs and drivers

Payments Terms

  • * 20% Advance Percentage of total booking amount

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • * Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
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